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The Math and Science of Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away. In middle schools and high schools everywhere there will be students who are excited about it, some who dread it, and others who are indifferent. I always fell into the indifferent category. Wherever your students stand on Valentine's Day, the following two videos make for interesting lessons about Valentine's Day.
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Bots, britches, and bees | Bill Gates

Bots, britches, and bees | Bill Gates | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When you hear the word “robot” what comes to mind? Probably a metal, humanoid machine—something like C-3PO from Star Wars, Rosie the Robot Maid from The Jetsons, or perhaps one of the menacing Terminator robots.

At a Harvard University lab, I saw some surprising inventions that challenge our popular images of robots. One robot I wore like a glove. Another you could pull on like a pair of pants. Some robots had spongy arms that could pick up the most delicate objects. And others were so tiny and light they could take to the air on paper-thin wings, like insects.

These incredible creations are powerful examples of the exciting innovation underway in the field of robotics. They were also a reminder that while science fiction writers may lead us to fear a future of Terminator-style robots, robotics discoveries have far greater potential to improve our lives. They could offer physical support and assistance, help with search and rescue efforts, and meet medical and other technological challenges.
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It's Not About What You Know. Soft Skills Are Hard - Forbes

It's Not About What You Know. Soft Skills Are Hard - Forbes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If we collectively want to keep our jobs we must change the way we look at hard and soft skills. We have to find a way to redefine what they are, what is intensely human and what will remain our competitive advantage over the year in the advent of AI and job-threatening-robots. 

With research showing that less and less importance is placed on conventional intelligence and with studies indicating that it can actually be counterproductive at work to employ too much of one's IQ while at the same time having organizations move away from formal education, what role does knowledge still play in this brave new world of soft skills and humanity?

Professionals who attach a lot of their self-esteem to their intelligence will get bored easily, will get frustrated repeatedly and will feel less inclined to be truly engaged with their colleagues. What's the answer to that? Should they all aim lower to fit in? Is playing dumb a success condition?


We have enough trouble getting passion and courage into ourselves and our people - if we now decide knowledge is superfluous what are we left with?
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Going Beyond the Hour of Code - Digital Promise

Going Beyond the Hour of Code - Digital Promise | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
During CS Ed Week, countless teachers and students experienced computer science for the first time. Whether it was their first, second, or hundredth time, I hope that this taste of CS left them hungry for more. Code.org has created a great compilation of resources for how students can continue learning. In this post, I’d like to suggest some ideas for how teachers who are new(ish) to CS can go beyond the Hour of Code.
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How To Help Educators Infuse Purposeful Play and Physical Computing Into Any Classroom - Coffee for the Brain

How To Help Educators Infuse Purposeful Play and Physical Computing Into Any Classroom - Coffee for the Brain | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to work with a school district in my area on one of their staff development days. I had been there before winter break to help them realize the new computer science standards in Iowa along with the 5 year STEM plan from the White House and what this all has to do with them and their classrooms. Anytime you head to a school and talk you know you are not making the connections you really want to achieve. At the time it was the only way to give them some food for thought about teaching practices, the big picture of education, and what we need to be thinking about as educators as the rest of the world is adapting quickly.

When I came back to lead a 3 hour workshop to help them experience this learning in their classroom, I was super excited. I knew if I talked computer science and the standards I would lose 80% of them. I redesigned and reworked a project experience that would allow them to undergo a build process and project idea they could visually see working in their classroom. Instead of focusing on all the latest buzzwords, I ignored them all went with a design challenge. I used design thinking as a way for them to explore and experience building, making, tinkering, coding, physical computing, and application to the classroom.
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The Flexibility of Computational Thinking - Edutopia

The Flexibility of Computational Thinking - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Three middle school projects—in English, math, and history—use computational thinking skills to address social justice topics.
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Tim Cook: It's time for the shadowy world of data brokers to end - Fast Company

Tim Cook: It's time for the shadowy world of data brokers to end - Fast Company | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Many people I’ve spoken to have a pretty good understanding that companies like Facebook and Google have a massive amount of data on them. And most of those people also understand that companies like Facebook and Google package this data about them and sell it to advertisers. But few people I’ve talked to know that Facebook, Google, and other companies also sell your data to third-party data brokers.
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Why Every High School Should Require an AI Course

Why Every High School Should Require an AI Course | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Shouldn’t young people know about the most important change force that will influence their lives and livelihoods?

We think so. That’s why every high school should offer a course on artificial intelligence (AI). Or, better yet, incorporate a set of competencies into graduation requirements that ensure that every young person understands the technology drivers and the implications for the economy and society.

The prevalence of AI has increased dramatically in the last few years. Most people are unaware that AI is a key technology behind personal assistants (Alexa, Siri, Google), autonomous vehicles, predictive analytics (Amazon and Netflix recommendations) and medical diagnostics just to name a few.

Young people may be digital natives but most of them are digitally naive. They know little to nothing about how technology works. And few of them appreciate that smart machines are reshaping the employment landscape and challenging social norms.
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50 Growth Mindset Quotes (Last list you'll need of positive quotes for kids)

50 Growth Mindset Quotes (Last list you'll need of positive quotes for kids) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here are 50 of the best growth mindset quotes for kids and teachers to help encourage a positive learning environment in the classroom.

If you are a teacher, consider putting some of these quotes on the walls of your classroom for your students to read each day as a reminder that they should never give up on their goals.

Via Jim Lerman
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Tons of Free Coding Books - Educator's Technology

Tons of Free Coding Books - Educator's Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Coding is one of the most demanded skills in the 21st century learning. There is a growing need for teaching students the fundamentals of coding and computer programming not only because these are the skills needed for the future job market but also because coding allows learners to better understand their digitally focused life and therefore enhance their interaction with digital media.



We have already featured a plethora of interesting resources, apps, and tools  that teachers and parents can draw on to introduce coding to their kids  and today we are sharing with you another important resource we learned from Life Hacker. The popular GitHub has compiled this excellent list comprising more than 500 free books on programming and coding. The books cover different  topics from programming languages to software architecture.
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Data Was Supposed to Fix the U.S. Education System. Here’s Why It Hasn’t. - Harvard Business Review

Data Was Supposed to Fix the U.S. Education System. Here’s Why It Hasn’t. - Harvard Business Review | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For too long, the American education system failed too many kids, including far too many poor kids and kids of color, without enough public notice or accountability. To combat this, leaders of all political persuasions championed the use of testing to measure progress and drive better results. Measurement has become so common that in school districts from coast to coast you can now find calendars marked “Data Days,” when teachers are expected to spend time not on teaching, but on analyzing data like end-of-year and mid-year exams, interim assessments, science and social studies and teacher-created and computer-adaptive tests, surveys, attendance and behavior notes. It’s been this way for more than 30 years, and it’s time to try a different approach.

The big numbers are necessary, but the more they proliferate, the less value they add. Data-based answers lead to further data-based questions, testing, and analysis; and the psychology of leaders and policymakers means that the hunt for data gets in the way of actual learning. The drive for data responded to a real problem in education, but bad thinking about testing and data use has made the data cure worse than the disease.
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It’s Time to Walk the (Digital) Talk | Education Canada

It’s Time to Walk the (Digital) Talk | Education Canada | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s commonly understood that children acquire many behaviours, both good and bad, by watching the adults around them. In this vein, we aim to create school environments where young people are exposed to positive and caring adult role models. Unfortunately, this emphasis on positive modeling appears to fly out the window when implementing digital citizenship programs and curricula.
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Digital Storytelling Lesson Ideas with Book Creator

Digital Storytelling Lesson Ideas with Book Creator | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Book Creator is a powerful tool for digital storytelling lesson integration. Access classroom ideas to turn your students into creators using multimedia technology.

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Change your phone settings so Apple, Google can't track your movements

Change your phone settings so Apple, Google can't track your movements | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Technology companies have been pummeled by revelations about how poorly they protect their customers’ personal information, including an in-depth New York Times report detailing the ability of smartphone apps to track users’ locations. Some companies, most notably Apple, have begun promoting the fact that they sell products and services that safeguard consumer privacy.

Smartphone users are never asked explicitly if they want to be tracked every moment of each day. But cellular companies, smartphone makers, app developers and social media companies all claim they have users’ permission to conduct near-constant personal surveillance.

The underlying problem is that most people don’t understand how tracking really works. The technology companies haven’t helped teach their customers about it, either. In fact, they’ve intentionally obscured important details to build a multi-billion-dollar data economy based on an ethically questionable notion of informed consent.
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Getting Students to Take Control - Getting Smart

Getting Students to Take Control - Getting Smart | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For centuries, the majority of kids who attend school do so for one reason: it is mandatory. Think back to when you were in school, now envision you were offered the following choices:

You master the material and receive a low grade
You don’t understand the material and receive a high-grade
Which would you choose? Sure, some would rather master the material, but the majority would aim for the higher grade. In order to transform the learning process from standardization to personalization, we need to help students shift their view of school away from focusing on grades to focusing on their personal self-growth. We need to show them they are not just there because they have to be.
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Creativity Catapult : Creativity Activities Collection

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"Developed by the Bay Area Discovery Museum, with its research division, the Center for Childhood Creativity, Creativity Catapult is an online collection of activities to promote children’s creativity development. Curated by experts with contributions from esteemed education institutions from around the globe, Creativity Catapult is intended for practitioners charged with raising a generation of future innovators – parents, teachers and informal educators – as well as kids themselves.

 

"Activities can be filtered by age, topic, number of participants, level of difficulty, duration of time, and skill. The collection represents a broad range of interests and skill levels with topics ranging from cooking to coding.

 

"Creativity is a fundamental skill in today’s rapidly changing world and we know creativity can be cultivated. In its research brief, Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children, the Center for Childhood Creativity establishes a framework for building creativity in children: “Seven Components of Creativity” (imagination & originality, flexibility, decision making, communication & self-expression, collaboration, motivation, and action & movement).

 

"Activities in Creativity Catapult are research-backed, with each linking to one or more of these seven components.

 

"An external review board, comprised of experts in creativity development and education, also evaluated the activities. In addition to ensuring the activities promote creativity skills, the review board looked for activities that are naturally fun and interesting, and easy to do with inexpensive materials."

 

Creativity Catapult is funded by the Disney corporation. -JL


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The Science Classroom Makerspace - Edutopia

The Science Classroom Makerspace - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Discussions of maker education often dazzle with stories of fanciful robots, exotic materials, and whimsical ideas for cross-disciplinary projects. These impressive examples showcase the amazing things creative people can do, but when I wanted to build making into my freshman biology course, I felt stymied. When I reframed making as integral rather than optional, I found a way to let students create.
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Japanese Hotel Fires Robot Staff After They Annoy Human Staff and Guests - Interesting Engineering

Japanese Hotel Fires Robot Staff After They Annoy Human Staff and Guests - Interesting Engineering | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A Japanese hotel has fired hundred of its robotic staff because they weren't doing a good job. The Henn-na “Strange” Hotel in Nagasaki Prefecture has laid off 243 robots after they started to cause more work for their human colleagues. 

One of the robots that got the ax was a doll-shaped assistant placed in each room called Churi. Churi was supposed to help guests plan their stay by answering questions about local attractions
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Training for jobs of the future: BCIT partners with Microsoft for education

Training for jobs of the future: BCIT partners with Microsoft for education | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) – the post-secondary institution recognized for integrating education and industry – is announcing a partnership with Microsoft Corp. and its Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program to teach foundation computational skills for BC high-school students. This partnership recognizes the value of exposing young learners to the jobs of the future while equipping them with the appropriate knowledge and skills for success in the future tech workforce.


With support from the BC Ministry of Education and BCIT, the BC branch of TEALS has already educated more than 400 students across four BC high schools. Credit: Microsoft
Microsoft TEALS exists because many high schools want to offer computer science courses but often don’t have teachers who are trained on the subject. To fill this gap, TEALS volunteers work with classroom teachers to team-teach students, and to equip instructors with the knowledge to teach students on their own.
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7 Components of Creativity - Creativity Catapult

7 Components of Creativity - Creativity Catapult | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Creativity is learned through practice. While young children are inherently creative, the development of long-term creative potential depends on experience.

The “7 Components of Creativity” – as established by the Center for Childhood Creativity in the white paper, Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children (2015)  – provides a framework of the key processes or skills that contribute to creativity, organized across three childhood developmental areas: cognitive; social and emotional; and physical.

The activities in Creativity Catapult each link to one or more of the components.
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Valentines Day Light-Up Cards | STEM & Makerspace Project

Valentines Day Light-Up Cards | STEM & Makerspace Project | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In this tutorial, you will learn how to make Valentines Day cards that light-up.  Give your Valentine something special and unique while learning about simple circuits and the basics of electricity.

This project is based on paper circuits which uses conductive copper tape, LEDs and a battery to bring your card to life.

Once complete, you can use the concepts learned to create your own custom light-up card.
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8 Things You Should Be Automating on Your Smartphone - Gizmodo

8 Things You Should Be Automating on Your Smartphone - Gizmodo | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We live in an age of super-smart technology built to make our lives easier, so don’t struggle with the menial chores of the day when your phone could be doing the job for you. Here are some of the best automations you can set up on your phone, freeing you from the task and giving you more time to do something else more interesting instead.
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AI Curriculum Is Coming for K-12 At Last. What Will It Include? | EdSurge News

AI Curriculum Is Coming for K-12 At Last. What Will It Include? | EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When Ayanna met Cozmo the robot, both she and the robot lit up. “it was like she met a new best friend,” her Boys and Girls Club teacher James Carter said. “They just clicked.” And when Cozmo said her name, “she was so excited she didn’t know what to do with herself.”

Even better, it was Ayanna who had programmed Cozmo to say it.

Ayanna is one of roughly 50 kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania who are using a new artificial intelligence kit created by ReadyAI. It’s one of several initiatives that promise to make AI as common in the classroom as it’s becoming in our lives.
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STEM Challenge - What Makes Ice Melt Faster? - MakerMaven

STEM Challenge - What Makes Ice Melt Faster? - MakerMaven | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"This is the perfect STEAM Challenge for the chilly weather we are having! It will teach students all about why we put salt on icy roads during winter.

Are you up for the challenge? Can you determine what makes ice melt faster?"

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The Tyranny of Being On Task - Edutopia

The Tyranny of Being On Task - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There seem to be forces in education that push us to make sure students are on task. Why do we attempt to meet that demand when we know it’s unreasonable? Why do we demand on task behavior when it is not equivalent to student engagement? Isn’t it OK for students to be off task from time to time? In fact, don’t students need time to be off task? To take it to another level, what if off task is really on task?
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, January 17, 8:14 PM

Isn't "always on-task" the opposite of play time that recharges the mind?  -Lon

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Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The science of how technology affects happiness needs a huge statistical upgrade. A new paper charts a path toward better research.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 15, 8:55 AM

"Using technology is about as associated with well-being as eating potatoes."